Hannover, 10 December 2018 – The hydrogen infrastructure is growing steadily, and emission-free fuel-cell vehicles can now refuel at more and more locations. Linde, a Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) partner, has now opened another hydrogen station in Hanover.

The new filling station is on the grounds of Linde’s own ‘Gas and More’ retail outlet in Industrieweg. It is one of the first filling stations to be built nationwide as part of the Clean Energy Partnership and with support from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The Industrieweg H2 station received approximately €450,000 in funding from the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The investor and owner is Linde; the hydrogen facility is operated by the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland.

Linde is using a new generation of its proprietary cryogenic pump, which converts the liquid hydrogen stored into a gaseous state compressed to 900 bar. For drivers, its operation is intuitive, and the refuelling process takes three to five minutes. This advanced technology is also used at Linde stations in the USA, Japan and China. It allows for refuelling up to 200 cars a day in Hanover. The capacity of the liquid tanks can be increased from the current 400 kg to 800 kg if required.

Hydrogen-powered e-mobility reduces CO2 emissions

Hydrogen (H2) provides a way to expand the range of fuels available in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, as H2 produced with renewable energy can help to significantly reduce climate-damaging CO2 emissions. The operation of a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle causes no local pollutants or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The range of these vehicles is between 500 and 800 kilometres per tank of fuel.

To turn electromobility powered by hydrogen and fuel cells into a success story requires both an attractive range of fuel cell vehicles and, at the same time, a corresponding supply infrastructure. The expansion of the corresponding filling station network is progressing well. There are currently 55 H2 filling stations in Germany; by the end of 2019 there will be 100 stations across the nation.

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project laid the foundation for the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany by defining common standards and norms.